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Green Poop

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 10:46 am IST

Green Poop: Basic Overview

Green Poop is a common condition which affects people all over the world. In this condition, the poop or the faeces look green in colour. This condition could be arising due to something that has been recently eaten, such as kale or spinach. However, green stools can also occur due to certain medications such as iron supplements.

Newborns and infants are also known to pass green coloured stools known as meconium. Breast fed infants too are known to produce yellowish green coloured stools. However, amongst older children and adults, green poop is very uncommon and this could be a cause for concern. 

Causes of Green Poop

There could be many reasons behind the formation of Green Poop. Some of these are as follows:

  •       Consuming a diet rich in green vegetables such as Kale or Spinach
  •       Food dyes
  •       Severe Diarrhoea
  •       Medroxyprogesterone ( Depo – Provera) ; a contraceptive drug taken by women
  •       Consumption of Iron supplements
  •       Lack of the normal intestinal bacteria which are found in breast fed infants
  •       Indomethacin , a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug
  •       Consumption of Protein Hydrolysate Formula, which is found in milk or soy

It is recommended to check in with the doctor if your child has been experiencing Green Poop for more than a few days. Green poop could be a sign of underlying diarrhoea. Therefore, it is recommended to drink plenty of fluids and seek medical attention if your child becomes dehydrated.

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